NRV Eco EXPO 2014 – Music, Workshops, Yoga, Kids Activities – Saturday 10 May

WHAT  -  NRV Eco EXPO 2014

WHEN  -  10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday 10 May

WHERE  -  The Village Center, Warm Hearth Village, 2387 Warm Hearth Drive, Blacksburg

DETAILS  -  See flyer below —

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CLEARANCE SALE at the Local YMCA Thrift Store – 25 thru 27 April

Tim Colley, one of Sustainable Blacksburg’s founding members and member of the SB Board of Directors from 2005 through 2013,YMCA SALE asked that we announce a sale at the YMCA Thrift Store at 1000 North Main in Blacksburg.  [Tim has also been very active in the working with the YMCA.]

SB Member Meredith Jones also called our attention to the following —  ”SUPPORT the VT-YMCA!  Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your sales to YMCA Of Vpi & Su. Click on this link to get started:


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Next Sustainability Event – 5:30 PM, Tuesday 29 April – “Solarize/Economize”

Please place this Sustainable Blacksburg Library Event on your calendar and join us in the Library’s Community Room from 5:30 to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, 29 April.

This event is sponsored by three organizations: the Blacksburg Town Library,  Solarize Blacksburg, and Sustainable Blacksburg.  


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TONIGHT – Friday, 18 April, 7:00 PM – “Gasland 2″

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Got Drugs? copyBlacksburg Police Department Will Collect Unused Or Expired Medications

WHEN –  10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Saturday, 26 April 2014

WHERE –  Blacksburg Community Center Parking Lot, 725 Patrick Henry Drive, Blacksburg.

WHY –  The Blacksburg Police Department will be participating in the National Drug Take Back program sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This program allows individuals to turn in unused or expired medication for safe disposal.


  • Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box. If an original container is submitted, remove any identifying information from the prescription label.
  • All solid dosage pharmaceutical product and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The cap should be tightly sealed to prevent leakage.
  • Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.

MORE INFORMATION –  For the danger of un-used or expired prescription medications, access this web address —×8.5in.pdf

Also see this EPA brochure —

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WHAT –  Join us in reviewing the NEW documentary film “Gasland 2“, the showing of which will be co-sponsored by the New River Valley’s Unitarian Universalist Congregation and the NRV chapter of The Sierra Club.  Click HERE to watch a preview of this film.   (The film first aired on HBO during July, 2013.)

WHEN –  7:00 PM Friday, 18 April

WHERE –  1301 Gladewood Road (UUC Meeting House), Blacksburg

COST –  Free – Open to the community

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New Hokie Bikeway connects Huckleberry to Foxridge and Hethwood

Exciting trail information from the Virginia Tech News site

“BLACKSBURG, Va., April 7, 2014 –A portion of farm land previously used by College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has been transformed into the newest section of the Huckleberry Trail.

Bike Trail copy“The new 1-mile section, called the Hokie Bikeway, connects the existing trail just west of Route 460 near the tunnel to the trails near Plantation Drive.  Construction crews are still installing new fencing and blue light safety phones, but the trail is open to the public.

“The Hokie Bikeway is an important connection between the town and the university. Also, it gives those living in the Foxridge and Hethwood neighborhoods a safe way to bicycle to campus or the Corporate Research Center,” said Steve Mouras, director of transportation planning at Virginia Tech.

“With the addition of the Hokie Bikeway, Virginia Tech now has 3 miles of bike lanes, 10 miles of shared paths, three bicycle repair stations, and several covered bicycle racks. The League of American Bicyclists designated the university as a Bicycle Friendly University in April 2013.

“The bikeway is a vital for future expansion of the Huckleberry Trail. It will connect the existing trail to a new northern section that is scheduled to be completed this fall. The new trail will connect to Heritage Park, Gateway Park and eventually to the Jefferson National Forest.”

For more information, direct your Internet browser to

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Sustainable Blacksburg Sponsors Free Film – LYRIC THEATER


Screening and discussion of the documentary filmMovie Poster “A FIERCE GREEN FIRE:  The Battle for a Living Planet”

WHEN -  1:00 PM Saturday, 05 April 2014

WHERE -  The Lyric Theater, Blacksburg, VA

SPONSOR -  Sustainable Blacksburg  (a local, all-volunteer, nonprofit organization)

DETAILS -   Sustainable Blacksburg is sponsoring A Fierce Green Fire, a film that chronicles the environmental movement from the Sierra Club’s prevention of a dam in the Grand Canyon in the 1960′s to the climate change we face today.  The film starts at 1:00 and runs about an hour and 45 minutes.  Popcorn and drinks will be available at concession stand prices.  When the film is over, enjoy some free fair trade coffee, tea, and snacks from Bollo’s and join in a panel discussion of sustainable practices.  Panelists are Dr. John Bouldin and Dr. Daniel Hindman of Virginia Tech’s Sustainable Biomaterials department, and Tracy Garland of Natural Awakenings magazine.

CONTACT -  Kimberley Homer at homerk@vt.eduSBTreeLogoSmall

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WHAT –  Planning Commission Public Hearing  to consider an Ordinance regulating Farmers Markets in the Blacksburg town limits.

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WHEN –  7:30 PM Tuesday, 01 April 2014

WHERE –  Roger E. Hedgepeth Chambers of the Blacksburg Municipal Building, 300 South Main Street, Blacksburg, VA.  Please use Washington Street building entrance because of construction on the other entrance.

DETAILS –  Zoning Ordinance Amendment #23/Ordinance #1722 – Amendment regarding the regulation of farmers markets including adding a definitions, specifying the zoning districts where the uses are allowed and adding Use and Design Standards.  See
List of TOB Farmers Market Documents.




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